Kentucky artist explores his sound on his 9th album
Artist Daniel Martin Moore recently released his 9th studio album, Never Look Away. The Kentucky singer explores his sound in a deeper more complex way alongside co-producer, Seth Kauffman, as they combine genres of folk, alternative pop and jazz. This record consists of 10 tracks, with a lasting listen of about 30 minutes. This album is self-proclaimed to be the strongest record of Moore’s career, as he maneuvers through love, friendship, reconciliation, peace, acceptance and other subjects of interest.
The album is kicked off with the track, “By the Beams,” which begins with an alternative pop acoustic guitar, paired with Moore’s ethereal, soft vocals. This track tells the story of making peace and amends with a loved one. Moore sings, “however foolish we may be/ we stand to make amends/ and carry these embers/ to a new place again.” With a soft-folk sound, the complex guitar picking, piano, violin and percussion laced throughout gives the track an intricate coffee-house sounding melody.
“Never Look Away” possesses similar vibes as “By the Beams,” with its baroque acoustic guitar complimenting Moore’s vocals. This track seems to symbolize peace and harmony with oneself and the environment; and that it is possible regardless of climate or culture. As a soft harmony joins in, Moore sings, “Look out, look after, look on/ but never look away/ no we need not go forever/ we can rest upon the Earth,” accompanied with graceful piano and subdued, sweet-sounding clarinet.
A more unique sounding track on this record is, “We Will Know.” Beginning with subtle drums and acoustic guitar, this song has a slightly faster tempo compared to some of the other tracks on the album. Moore experiments with his sound on this track, as he unveils soft-rock and potentially even tropical rock with the synth sounding keys. This song could symbolize realization and acceptance regarding a relationship that is crumbling. This notion can be interpreted through the lines, “The tears in your eyes/ not unlike mine/ from where they come/ and to where they go.”
Moore also explores his sound in his seventh track, “Weathervane,” as he adds a light bossa nova jazzy sounding rhythm. With its percussion and piano, the song endures a more blues sound as it expresses pain and love and its impact on development and shaping someone.
While the Kentucky singer keeps his lyrics short and sweet, the meanings behind Moore’s lyrics have profound depth as he combines subjects of nature, acceptance and peace. His smooth ethereal voice paired with his emotionally rich lyrics surely makes this newest track an impressive listen for all lovers of folk, alternative, soft rock and blues.